… and God’s plans always do. Psalm 33:8-11
In our family devotion this morning we read 1 Peter 5:1-11. I encouraged my family that we (dad included) are to be doers of the word and not hearers only. This is no matter of indifference here. God is warning us away from grave danger in 1 Peter 5.
In this text Peter warns us that the Devil is on the prowl, looking for someone to devour. The Devil is not random in his prowling; he is looking for a particular type of person… The proud man or woman. There is something about pride that makes you an easy target for the Devil.
It does not matter if you are an elder in the church or a young man in the mid week bible study; pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. How terrible to have the attention of the Devil, the tempter of our Lord. His desire is to devour you and leave you left with nothing. He would steal your faith, if possible.
There is hope though. God does not leave us without direction on how to resist the Devil. Peter says that the Devil prowls, but God gives grace. The fruit of His grace is humility and our humility looks like obedience to authority.
We learn this from the Son, who was in perfect submission to His Father. After our family devotion I read the following in a small devotional titled: Daily Light on the Daily Path. It is a string of pearls type devotional, linking several related verses together in a running commentary on the theme. This was today’s:
“For the Father is greater than I.”
“When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name.”—“To my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”
“But I do as the Father has commanded me.”—“The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.”
The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand.—“You have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.”
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?”—“I and the Father are one.”—“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”
John 14:28; Luke 11:2; John 20:17; John 14:31; John 14:10; John 3:35; John 17:2; John 14:8-10; John 10:30; John 15:9, 10
May we have the mind of Christ in this. The Father is greater than the Son and He is certainly greater than you or I. The Son obeys and we pattern our obedience after the Son. May we all abide in His love, with all humility.
Question for the comments section: How does pride make us susceptible to the the prowling Devil?